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He recently resided in Canterfield Senior Living in Kennesaw, Georgia. Mr. Smith was born in Tanner, Alabama, on July 16, 1939, and lived in Decatur, Alabama, for his early years until the family moved to Indianapolis, where he lived until 2016. Mr. Smith worked in computer operations for the State of Indiana, Indiana Gas Company and Citizens Gas Company in Indianapolis until 1976. In 1976, he opened an office supply distributorship providing office supplies to government and large businesses. Over the years, he served on several boards, including that of Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Region, serving as Region president until 2011 and was appointed Chairman Emeritus in 2014. In 2016, he and his wife moved to Tanner, Alabama.
He was preceded in death by many members of the George Bridgeforth family, including his mother, Vivian Bridgeforth Smith; and his father, Ural Smith Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Lelia Powell Smith; one daughter, Melissa Smith Turner (Timothy); one sister, Shirley Ann Smith Lynch (Jesse) of Indianapolis, Indiana; four grandchildren, Dr. Zachary Bridgeforth Turner, Alexis Bridgeforth Turner, Joshua Bridgeforth Turner, and Aaron Bridgeforth Turner; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Celebration of Life Service will be held at Lakeview United Methodist Church, Tanner, Alabama, at noon Saturday, May 18, with Royal Funeral Home-Mason Chapel of Athens, Alabama, directing. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Ural to Ivy Tech Foundation. Go to: http://connect.ivytech.edu/indianapolis and then select student scholarships and indicate memorial gift for Ural.
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